You Won't Believe This Is the Same Kitchen!

Caroline McKenzie
January 02, 2020
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Renovated Kitchen
Credit: Jared Kuzia

Cramped, dark and utterly outdated, one Boston kitchen was at odds with its energetic young owners. Architect Aimee Bentley (beckwithbuilders.com) and designer Kristina Crestin (kristinacrestindesign.com) helped them completely reimagine the space: it's now open, inviting and chock-full of color.

The Before

Below are the before-photos of the space—courtesy of the homeowners. They show just how drab this kitchen was before the renovation.

Kitchen Renovation Before
kitchen renovation before
kitchen renovation before

The After

These after-photos—courtesy of Jared Kuzia (jaredkuzia.com)—show this kitchen's bright metamorphosis.

Window

An expanded window opens up the room with natural light. To maximize the airy aesthetic, it was intentionally left without curtains or shades.

Color

A vibrant color scheme of indigo, chartreuse and mint green cooks up a space with as much personality as you'd find in a living room.

Shelving

Petite open shelves keep necessities at the ready (cup of coffee, anyone?) and also provide a spot to introduce curated color and pattern.

Backsplash

Pale blue tiles bright the visual gap between the upper and lower inky blue cabinets to avoid a choppy feel. And because the tiles also cover the wall behind the sink, the room feels cohesive.

Renovated Kitchen
Credit: Jared Kuzia

Doors

A Dutch door adds charm and fresh air while keeping pets and kids in—or out.

Microwave & Wall Oven

No task is too big for the combination microwave and wall oven, which maximizes efficiency on hectic school nights. The microwave has a convection mode so you can effectively end up with a double oven. It also ramps up productivity when they host large get-togethers. Bonus: It's a more streamlined look than a hulking microwave perched on a countertop.

Sink

The spacious apron-front sink looks at home in the historic bungalow. Better yet, even the largest pan will fit easily inside. (Crestin cautions against double sinks, as few kitchens have enough space to accomodate one large enough to scrub big pots and baking pans.)

Island

Central to the overhaul with an expanded footprint that made way for a spacious walnut island. It brings a sophisticated focal point to the kitchen and adds functionality by way of additional prep space and seating.

kitchen renovation after

Pendant Lights

Clear glass pendants provide task lighting without obscuring the view out the window.

Bar Stools

Some things are mint to be! Powder-coated metal bar stools make for virtually indestructible kitchen seating, impervious to dings and stains.

Countertops

Heat- and stain-resistant quartzite countertops look like marble but have the durability of granite.

Refrigerator

The homeowners splurged on a counter-depth refrigerator to create a more streamlined look with the new cabinetry. And the reduced footprint allowed for more seating around the island.

kitchen renovation after - dining area

These tweaks gave this Boston kitchen a beautiful face lift. For more info on how to keep your kitchen top notch, check out Ask the Test Kitchen.

This story originally appeared in EatingWell Magazine January/February 2020.